Joe Ross, the Washington Nationals rookie pitcher, appeared on MLB Advanced Media’s Edward Jones Chatting Cage and he answered questions from fans for about 15 minutes on Wednesday evening.
The Chatting Cage is a web series moderated by Jeremy Brisiel and the show is influenced almost entirely by fans who Tweet or video chat questions to premier athletes and coaches. Previous guests have included Alex Cobb, David Wright, Giancarlo Stanton and Bud Black.
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We sent our question to Ross on Twitter using the hastag #ChattingCage and were excited to hear his response. These were the top three questions that Ross answered on the show.
What is your favorite thing about Washington?
Probably the stadium and the fans. I love pitching in front of the big crowds that we get, hearing them cheer as we score runs and getting some quality wins. It’s really what I like.
Who has the better stuff on the mound you or Tyson [Ross]?
I’m gonna have to say Tyson. Until, I can prove myself, by default, I would have to say him. He’s doing really well. I get lucky enough, since I’m on the East coast, by the time our game is done, I can catch some late innings of his….He’s actually not a bad hitter as well. It’s always fun to watch him dig into the box.
What’s the biggest adjustment about having an everyday spot in the rotation?
Just going out and taking care of business. Once every five days starting, but four days between, is really when you get your work done. I think those four days are just as important, if not more, than your start days because those are what prepare you for your upcoming game. As long as you take care of business those days, I think you’ll be alright. That’s my main thing—trying to stick around the guys and trying to do some things that they do and kind of add on to my game.
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See the whole interview here.